No matter what our age, we all love fairy tales. There is something primal about their nature, they hint at the world beyond the pale, a world that despite the logical way of our adult brain still has the power to haunt and chill us on cold winters night. They make sure we still keep all of our arms and legs safely tucked up in bed, they stop us from staring into the mirror for too long, and they make us watch the dancing shadows with fear and trepidation.
Snow from Paul Kane is a modern reworking of the classic fairy tale Snow White is a clever, well written adult version of the much loved classic story.
Angela's life has been a lonely one, kept secluded from others by her cruel mother and wicked Uncle her family life has never been a happy one, and when she starts to have suspicions about the death of her father, she is taken into the forest with the sole purpose of being disposed off, but when she manages to escape the clutches of her evil uncle and falls into an old discarded mine she finds allies to her plight in the most of unlikely of allies.
With Snow, Paul Kane has delivered a unique take on a classic fairy tale, while the over all story will be apparent as it unfolds Kane cleverly weaves in the tropes of the original story in modern and deft way. A fast paced narrative that barely stops for breath will keep the reader enthralled throughout as the story unfolds, aided along by some strong characterizations and brilliant spin on the Dwarf's of the original story.
While the overall story will be familiar, Kane has injected enough original ideas of his own to ensure that the Snow reads like a fresh new story. There is a nice layer of dread that resides over this story, one connects to the primal part of your brain that is still susceptible to things that go bump in the night, making this a fast paced and chilling story.
You won't be whistling while you work after reading this, you'll be whistling to keep the darkness away.